Forrest Hill is a singer songwriter living in the San Francisco bay area. He began writing and performing music in 1977 while hitchhiking and hopping freight trains across the country. In 1980, he co-founded the Boston based funk rock band Judy’s Tiny Head (JTH), which went on to release two successful EPs. The 1985 single My Car, produced by Will Garret (now chief engineer at Spotify), enjoyed copious amounts of air play in Boston and became a top 20 hit on college radio.
My Car helped Forrest and JTH build a large following in New England and allowed them to perform with such bands as the Violent Femmes, Run DMC and Deborah Harry. The band eventually signed a management contract with the legendary music executive Gene Griffin and recorded with famed music producer Teddy Riley.
After taking a hiatus from the music biz to earn a PhD from MIT, move to California, run for political office, teach college classes at San Quentin prison and co-lead a large meditation group, Forrest is back with his first solo album entitled Rust. Containing eleven-songs, the album is an Americana blend of folk and indie rock that owes a debt of gratitude to the poetic wisdom of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and the melodic sensibilities of Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Jason Mraz. Inspired by his wife Erika, Rust represents a new musical direction for Forrest, from the jazz/funk of the past to a softer, more reflective sound.
Forrest has recently recorded several music videos, shot on location in the Netherlands. He is currently preparing song arrangements for his next album, which is schedule to be recorded in the fall of 2017. Forrest is also rehearsing a new band and plans to tour in the summer of 2018.
“Music can move the soul and bring us into the present moment in ways that are not always accessible to us in our busy lives,” Forrest relates. “So much of our difficulties have to do with wanting to be somewhere else, or wishing we had something else in our lives to makes us happy. When we step into the now, we become intimate with the mystery of life and our connection to all things. Music has the power to pull us in that direction. It helps us see our true nature and open us up to what is good about life.”